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Epidemic/Endemic disease | Social violence | Healthcare exclusion | Natural disaster

  • On 15 August 2007, an earthquake hit the coast of Peru, killing 600 people, wounding 2,000 and leaving tens of thousands homeless. The worst affected towns were Chincha, Pisco and Ica, around 200 kilometres south of Peru's capital, Lima.
  • The first MSF team arrived within 24 hours to assess the needs and launch emergency relief activities.
  • MSF focused its efforts in the most remote areas to the east and Guadalupe, a town in the south-east.
  • A centre for post-traumatic and post-operative care was set up in the centre of Pisco.
  • Mobile clinics were established in many towns, supported by 30 healthcare facilities.
  • MSF recent work in Peru focused on providing comprehensive care to people living with HIV/AIDS. The prevalence of HIV/AIDS in the country is relatively low, although highly concentrated in marginalised groups such as commercial sex workers, drug users and prisoners. 
  • In 2004, a project was started in Villa El Salvador, the second biggest slum in Lima and home to half a million people. The project aimed to provide decentralised HIV/AIDS care and to reduce stigma and discrimination of people living with HIV/AIDS, by promoting free access to care.
  • Additionally, MSF trained health providers from the Ministry of Health on a technique to determine when an HIV-positive person should be started on antiretroviral (ARV) treatment.
  • Since 2006, MSF has gradually handed over this project to the Ministry of Health.
  • MSF also completed the closure of a project for sexually transmitted infections and HIV/AIDS in the state prison of Lurigancho, the largest prison in Peru. The project was replicated in Chorillos Common, Chincha and Huaral prisons.
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Doctors Without Borders (MSF) worked in Peru from 1985 to 2007.